Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Movie Review: Les Miserables

Many things have been said about the recently released movie musical Les Miserables. Some love it so devoutly I fear they may start a cult around it and others detest it - hard core hate. Where did I fall on the spectrum? Well I can tell you that I am in neither the love nor hate camp...I am in the middle. The place where some people choose to go because, well there was some love in their hearts, but there was also some irritations that cannot be overlooked.

Let's start with the love. Surprisingly Eddie Redmayne, who plays Marius the love interest of the daughter, was my prize fave for the singing in the film. Like, who does this little known actor think he is coming in and showing up Hugh Jackman. No offense Hugh, but I only liked half of your performance. You can sing and slay us with emotion, but some of the songs were just kind of so-so. Eddie killed it the whole time.

I thought all the females did a legit job. Samantha Barks as Eponine showed what her stage experience gave her, film first timer Isabelle Allen as the young Cosette made me feel sorry for her - that's like, massive for a child and Anne Hathaway screamed out for an Oscar (like, almost a little too obviously...) for her harlot performance. The only leading lady role that I wasn't too thrilled with was Amanda Seyfried. Love her voice...but in Broadway style, well it's just isn't.

Hugh Jackman took me on a little roller coaster ride. Loved him right off the bat and then somewhere in the middle he lost me (after he left to get Cosette, cause he was f-cking hot as the Mayor) and then I came back around during the revolution. I was very sad that I had any 'move along' moments with Hugh as I had heard such rave things - I didn't think he would fall short of amazing.

Then there was Russell Crowe. How did Russell land this part? I am dead serious. Was there not a person out there that would have been better suited for a musical. Just because Crowe sings in some sort of band doesn't mean that he should score a lead in a musical. Did they not know that pretty much everyone is in a band. His vocal performance was the most lack luster of all of them, but I mean - the training was clearly no where near his co-stars. It's almost unfair to judge.

The biggest fault of the movie, and no Russell was not it, was Sacha Barron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter. They totally ruined the flow of the film. It was like I was watching a different movie every time they were on the screen. I understand that their purpose was to bring some comedy to the otherwise serious and dark story line, but come on. It was cheap and disconnected from the rest of the film. For me, giant fail.

Would I recommend this film? If you like musicals, then absolutely, but if you don't, I'd stay clear. That's just the name of the game.

Verdict: 3.9 Stars


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